Varsity Head Coach
Head Coach Tom Cole is in his 14th season as the Lady Panthers head coach. His coaching tenure has included over 25 years of coaching youth in Missouri and Oregon. Under Coach Cole, South Medford has become a perennial state and nationally recognized program. Prior to Cole’s arrival, the Panthers had gone 1 and 24 and within 5 years, the team won a state championship, finished nationally ranked and became the only team in the history of Oregon large school classifications to finish a perfect 30 & 0.
Coach Cole’s record over 13 seasons is 277 wins with 88 losses with a state record of 7 consecutive undefeated conference seasons, winning 90 straight. Building on that tradition, the Lady Panthers finished the 2019-20 season again undefeated and winning their 8th conference championship in 10 years boosting their conference record under Cole’s tenure to 141 and 28. The Lady Panther’s have qualified for the state tournament in 12 of his 13 season’s finishing in the final 8, in 9 of the last 10 seasons including a 2012 state championship, 2020 shared state championship and runner ups in 2013 and 14.
Cole has been named SWC coach of the year 8 times, OSAA coach of the year in 2012 and Oregon Coaches Association coach of the year 2012, 13 and 20. Over the past 13 seasons, Cole has assisted 20 players in moving on to the college scholarships including 15 of them at the elite NCAA levels.
While coaching is certainly a love, Cole’s real passion and dedication is for the work of his organization Kids Unlimited he founded 23 years ago, which today is responsible for providing over ,000 youth a week with pre-school, charter school, after-school and summer enrichment programs located in vulnerable communities in Southern Oregon.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Hannah Warren is an Oregon native who grew up in Corvallis Oregon. She studied biochemistry at the University of Montana and played under coach Robin Selvig for the Lady Grizz. During her 5 year career, Montana made the NCAA tournament twice and the NIT once. After graduating, she returned to Oregon and attended OSU to achieve her MS in Science Education. This is Hannah’s 4th season with the Lady Panthers..